Australian Government - Department of Health
A Healthy and Active Australia
A Healthy and Active Australia

Healthy Spaces and Places

The environments we live in today have a big influence on how active we are. The Department of Health and Ageing has funded a unique partnership between the Australian Local Government Association, the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the Planning Institute of Australia for the Healthy Spaces and Places project.

The Healthy Spaces and Places project aims to promote the on-going development and improvement of built environments where Australian people live, work and play. The collaboration has produced a web-based national planning guide with practical tools, case studies and guidelines, to assist planning and design practitioners to incorporate active living principles into the built environment. To learn more, please visit

Healthy Spaces and Places has consulted broadly with planning and health professionals, governments, the development industry and community sector, and academics and researchers via a series of workshops held in metropolitan and regional locations around Australia.

The Healthy Spaces and Places planning guide was launched by the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery on 12 August at the Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) summit at Parliament House. BEMP is an annual conversation between parliamentarians and industry leaders to showcase the relationship between the community and the built environment.

A hard-copy overview document is also available to order from the Department's website.